Not all books translate well to the screen, but sometimes you can find a real winner. Here's some of our favourite books that have been adapted brilliantly...
Meg Rosoff£8.99 £8.36
It's unusual for a YA novel to be adapted in a way that doesn't tone it down to 12A, which is perhaps why this brilliant film struggled to find its audience. Meg Rosoff is a massively under-read author, and despite it changing aspects of the story, the film captures the essence of this uncomfortable and evocative book.
J. R. R. Tolkien£22.00 £20.46
Although looked down on by some, these films brought Tolkein to a whole new audience and were obviously made by people who really loved the books.
Marjane Satrapi£9.99 £9.29
The animation style of the film really complements the illustration of the graphic novels, without taking away any of the depth and complexity of the story.
Bryan Lee O'Malley£26.99 £25.10
Edgar Wright totally got the tone of these graphic novels, which turn the pretty average life of a bit of a loser into an epic comic book style fight.
Michael Crichton£8.99 £8.36
Great entertainment as both book and film.
Diana Wynne Jones£6.99 £6.50
Studio Ghibli's beautiful take on Diana Wynne Jones's children's novel is as successful as it is unlikely.
Richard Adams£15.99 £14.87
Both classic; both timeless.
Charles Dickens£6.99 £6.50
Obviously we're referring to the definitive film version - the Muppet's Christmas Carol. Hilarious at the same time as being a remarkably faithful adaptation.
Jon Krakauer£9.99 £9.29
We've included this one because the film makers' editorial decisions make for interesting discussion, and reignited a continuing and fierce debate about whether Chris McCandless was a visionary or an imbecile.
Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy£16.98
There's no way to adapt this massive novel without making some pretty hefty cuts, but the stylisation of Joe Wright's 2012 version captures the atmosphere of opulence and despair.
Mervyn Peake£19.98 £18.58
The BBC's Gormenghast adaptation really captures Peake's vision of a world simultaneously repugnant and appealing. Just like Fuscia - with how small a twist may it not suddenly have become beautiful.
Susanna Clarke£10.99 £10.22
Necessarily abridged, but totally in keeping with the spirit and atmosphere of the books.
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